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Mazda 3 / Windscreen washer jet aim
« Last post by Mister P on June 22, 2022, 07:10:23 PM »
Hi all.
Does anybody know if the washer jets on the Mazda 3 2009 (later model) are adjustable for aim on the windscreen? Mine only spray at the bottom of the screen about two inches up. I've looked and there doesn't appear to be any metal swivels like on older cars, they are just a plastic moulding with squarish holes. Thanks.
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New Members / Re: New Member
« Last post by Willpower on June 15, 2022, 09:12:19 PM »
Welcome to the forum  :)
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Accessories / Dog Crate
« Last post by Falwheel on June 15, 2022, 05:47:50 PM »
Wonder if anyone could recommend a decent dog crate for my Mazda 3 hatchback.2018 2.0 Litre Sport Nav.

Thanks in advance 👍

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New Members / New Member
« Last post by Falwheel on June 15, 2022, 05:32:04 PM »
Hello All,

Thanks to admin for allowing me to join.

Recently bought my first Mazda, a Mazda 3.  So far delighted with it.

Looking forward getting to know the car and a few journey’s planned in near future.
Plan to become involved in forum and getting to know fellow members.

Again, thanks for having me 👍
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General Discussion / Wish you all the best
« Last post by randomcabbage on June 11, 2022, 11:16:43 AM »
Thankyou for accepting me though now it is kind of obvious that this isn't the place I'm going to get answers or feedback for anything related to the car, other than EngineerAndy no one replies

might see you at shows down the line

cheers
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Mazda 3 / Re: vermin damage
« Last post by hanix on June 06, 2022, 03:12:17 PM »
How often do you drive it, would have thought the mouse would have done one if the engine was started, it would almost certainly be cooked on my daily commute I'm driving for a solid 45 mins on the motorway either way
Hi, I hadn't driven the car for about ten days ( using wife's car on local trips) so probably the reason they had not got around to chewing things. Plenty of cats around the farm, but plenty of mice as well.
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Mazda 3 / Re: vermin damage
« Last post by Engineer Andy on June 06, 2022, 02:10:49 PM »
Hi, Just serviced my Ser.3 Sport, took the engine cover off and found a lovely mouse nest around the coil packs. Fortunately nothing nibbled, so vacuum out and the cover left off. So might be worth checking as the cover doesn't need to be removed normally.

Some local mice took a liking to my previous Micra's 12V battery, nibbling on the plastic fake terminals, perhaps after finding their way in underneath (lots of space in that engine bay) when the car was still warm after a trip.  Probably the same lot that ate the bottom out of my old (cheapo 'Argos special' nylon) golf bag around the same time (20 years ago).

If they don't like the taste (why do they eat plastic?) then they'll probably move on, given a car engine bay gets quite hot and is obviously a dangerous place to be when on the move.  Hopefully they won't eat through anything of importance like wiring, hose or an actual gizmo.

Maybe buy a cat (not a CAT)? :-)
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Adding security.
« Last post by Engineer Andy on June 06, 2022, 02:04:40 PM »
IMHO you'll be better off without keyless entry - they (still [generally as a technology]) appear to be vulnerable to scnners that allow the thieves to bowl up to a car and easily steal them.  For one, as a 'passive' measure, always (double) lock the car but via the key being turned, not using the remote blipper.  This gives them even less chance to 'scan' for a signal.

Also never leave anything of possible worth (even an empty bag can pique their curiosity) 'on display'.

Not sure about other 'add-on' tech, as you might need to check with your insurer to see what they recommend and/or would give you any further benefit on the premium.

It seems to me that a lot of anti-theft tech appears to rely on the owner/their family or other members of the public being made aware of a genuine attempt to break in (i.e. not false alarms, a big problem still with car intrusion detection systems) and then actually doing something quickly to prevent the crime or stop the car/possessions inside being stolen.

I suspect that car theft, especially in some areas of the UK already notorious for car crime, and for certain cars/parts (e.g. rare earth metals in CATs, especially on certain hybrid cars)) will grow rapidly as the current car/parts shortages (and thus high prices, inlcuidng said rare earth metals) continue.  I'd put good money on EVs being targeted sooner rather than later.

Ironically older cars with no keyless entry, no EV/hybrid systems and aren't worth much anyway (including if they aren't 'in fashion', like German sports saloons or the lastest hybrid or EV) will more likely be avoided by professional thieves.  Joyriders, on the other hand...

A former colleague (25 years ago) owned a beige early 80s Toyota (I can't remember which - it was about the size of the current Mazda3) and always left it unlocked when we went into town (a Sainsbury's multi-storey car park in North London) to deposit our monthly pay cheques (shows how long ago it was!).  Nobody ever broke into it, let alone stole it.  It probably wasn't worth anyone's time/effort/risk, and no 'street cred'!!

A (current) bicycle, on the other hand, is locked up with two D locks and a third encased wire one, even though it's in a (pad)locked (outside) cupboard of my flat block.  I suspect that bike is worth more than my former colleague's car was even back in 1997, which likely wasn't much.

You might want to look into protecting your latest car's CAT...
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Mazda 3 / Re: vermin damage
« Last post by randomcabbage on June 05, 2022, 08:45:18 PM »
How often do you drive it, would have thought the mouse would have done one if the engine was started, it would almost certainly be cooked on my daily commute I'm driving for a solid 45 mins on the motorway either way
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Mazda 3 / vermin damage
« Last post by hanix on June 05, 2022, 04:16:49 PM »
Hi, Just serviced my Ser.3 Sport, took the engine cover off and found a lovely mouse nest around the coil packs. Fortunately nothing nibbled, so vacuum out and the cover left off. So might be worth checking as the cover doesn't need to be removed normally.
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